WBEZ | Jane Addams Hull-House Museum http://www.wbez.org/content/jane-addams-hull-house-museum Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Exceptions to the Rule http://www.wbez.org/exceptions-rule-108721 <p><div>Either by law or by practice some workers across the country earn less than the minimum wage and are beyond the reach of other basic labor protections. Join us at a special event to hear some of the stories and experiences of these workers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Following the program, guest are invited to stick around for an exhibit and conversation around this topic.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Light refreshments will be served.&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/exceptions-rule-108721 Connecting Chicago to Palestine: A Conversation about Transnational Solidarity http://www.wbez.org/connecting-chicago-palestine-conversation-about-transnational-solidarity-107338 <p><div>Both here and abroad, people of color struggle to protect their communities from violence, displacement, and systematic dismantling. Listen to activists from Chicago and Palestine share their experiences with working against forces threatening to undermine their communities. From this program, we hope to learn from each other&rsquo;s movements and gain strength in our common struggles for justice and liberation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ABOUT THE PANELISTS:</div><div><strong>Abir Kopty</strong> is a feminist and political activist based in Ramallah. Abir is well known for being a key organizer of the Bab al-Shams protest village that garnered significant international attention earlier this year, a culminating moment of the weekly protests across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. She is a former Nazareth City Councilwoman and today works as a media analyst and consultant. She also blogs at http://abirkopty.wordpress.com/.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Aisha Truss-Miller</strong> works with Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities and allies. Aisha has focused on youth leadership and development, as well as building connections between intersecting movements in Chicago. Aisha attended an African heritage delegation to Palestine in 2012.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Alaa Mukahhal </strong>is a Kuwaiti born Palestinian raised on Chicago&rsquo;s southside. Alaa came to the United Stated at the age of 6 with her family in 1993 from Jordan. Alaa and her family became undocumented after their tourist visa expired. Alaa applied for asylum in April of 2011, was referred to an immigration judge and was placed in deportation proceedings. Alaa has organized closely with undocumented and immigrant youth and is a graphic designer in Chicago. She currently works as the citizenship project manager for the National Partnership for New Americans.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Veronica Morris Moore</strong> is an organizer with Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), a Woodlawn based youth organization fighting to make the lives of people in their community better. She has been a fierce leader in the struggle to raise awareness about the lack and necessities of trauma centers on the south side of the city. As a member of the community, Veronica tirelessly supports issues such as restorative justice, housing rights, school closings and more.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More about this event <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/464150206996296/">here.</a></div></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/connecting-chicago-palestine-conversation-about-transnational-solidarity-107338 New Directions in the Struggle for Social Justice in South Africa http://www.wbez.org/new-directions-struggle-social-justice-south-africa-106480 <p><p>Critical Conversation with <strong>Albie Sachs</strong> On turning six, during World War II, Albie Sachs received a card from his father expressing the wish that he would grow up to be soldier in the fight for liberation. He did.</p><div>Albie Sachs has for forty years symbolized conscience and courage in his nation&#39;s human-rights struggle. As a civil-rights attorney, international-law professor, and member of the African National Congress, Sachs fought against the injustice of apartheid and helped draft South Africa&#39;s post-apartheid Constitution.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Judge Sachs, a man of remarkable spirit and optimism, deeply embedded in the national project of democracy and healing, will reflect on new social justice movements and strategies in the contemporary moment in South Africa. In the two decades since South Africa emerged from apartheid, how have communities advocated for rights-basic services, protections and freedom of expression? What lessons can we draw upon, as we imagine new directions for local social justice struggles?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sachs has authored numerous books on human rights, including his memoir <em>The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law</em>, <em>The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter</em>, <em>Liberating the Law</em>, <em>Liberating the People, Sexism and the Law, Island in Chains</em>, <em>Jail Diary of Albie Sachs</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bio</div><div>Born into a South African Jewish family of Lithuanian background, his career in human rights activism started at the age of 17, when as a second-year law student at the University of Cape Town, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. Three years later, in 1955, he attended the Congress of the People at Kliptown where the Freedom Charter was adopted. He started practice as an advocate at the Cape Town Bar at the age of 21, where he defended people charged under racial statutes and security laws under South African Apartheid. After being arrested and placed in solitary confinement for his work in the freedom movement, Albie Sachs went into exile in England and then Mozambique.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In 1988, in Maputo, Mozambique, he lost an arm and his sight in one eye when a bomb was placed in his car by South African security agents. After the bombing, he devoted himself to the preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa. He returned to South Africa and served as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress and member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress and was instrumental in the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.</div><div>Appointed by Nelson Mandela in 1994 to the new Constitutional Court of South Africa, Justice Sachs gained international attention in 2005 as the author of the Court&#39;s holding in the case of Minister of Home Affairs v. Fourie, in which the Court overthrew South Africa&#39;s statute defining marriage to be between one man and one woman as a violation of the Constitution&#39;s general mandate for equal protection for all and its specific mandate against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In addition to Sachs&rsquo; work on the Constitutional Court, he has travelled to many countries sharing South African experience in healing divided societies. He has also been engaged in art and architecture, and played an active role in the development of the Constitutional Court building and its art collection on the site of the Old Fort Prison in Johannesburg.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_upcomingevents/_2013/04_april/_safrica/april_10.html">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/new-directions-struggle-social-justice-south-africa-106480 Sex Wars: the turbulent times of the first wave of the women's movement with Marge Piercy http://www.wbez.org/sex-wars-turbulent-times-first-wave-womens-movement-marge-piercy-106479 <p><p>Hull-House Museum and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago present, Marge Piercy in &quot;Sex Wars: the Turbulent times of the first wave of the women&#39;s movement.</p><div>Reading from &quot;<em>Sex Wars: A Novel of the Turbulent Post-Civil War Period</em>,&quot;</div><div>presentation, conversation and reception to follow program.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Post-Civil War New York City is the battleground of the American dream: an era of vast fortunes and crushing poverty &mdash; an era surprisingly like our own, in which some of the most infamous characters in American history collide over the issues of sexuality, censorship, women&rsquo;s rights, and privacy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a sprawling fictionalized history written in the epic style of Piercy&rsquo;s critically acclaimed Gone to Soldiers, Sex Wars unfolds through the alternating viewpoints of <strong>Victoria Woodhull</strong>, notorious advocate of sexual freedom and candidate for President of the United States; <strong>Anthony Comstock</strong>, feared morals crusader who fought to eliminate sexual expression; the free thinking suffragist <strong>Elizabeth Cady Stanton</strong>; and <strong>Freydeh</strong>, a spirited young Jewish woman from Russia who takes up condom-making to support herself and her unconventional family.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Marge Piercy</strong> is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller <em>Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time</em>; eighteen volumes of poetry, and a critically acclaimed memoir<em> Sleeping with Cats</em>. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women&rsquo;s movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the war in Iraq.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://hullhousemuseum.org">here.</a></div></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sex-wars-turbulent-times-first-wave-womens-movement-marge-piercy-106479 Ai-Jen Poo http://www.wbez.org/ai-jen-poo-106139 <p><p>The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Chicago Coalition for Domestic Workers/Latino Union will co-host a conversation with <strong>Ai-Jen Poo</strong>, visionary labor leader and Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Ms. Poo will talk about her work organizing domestic workers across the country and will discuss the Illinois Domestic Worker Bill of Rights with Senator Ira Silverstein, the sponsor of this groundbreaking piece of legislation and a local domestic worker from Chicago Coalition for Domestic Workers.</p><div>Bio of Ai-Jen Poo</div><div>Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state&rsquo;s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging. Among Ai-jen&rsquo;s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, Newsweek&rsquo;s 150 Fearless Women list, and TIME&rsquo;s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This event is part of a year-long series of interactive public workshops, performances, and conversations that are associated with &quot;Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics,&quot; an exhibition at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum that explores the stories of the first generation of home economists who were equal rights advocates, chemists and public health advocates, labor reformers and innovators who sought to redefine domesticity. The exhibit connects this history to the contemporary moment, and engages activists, artists, and scholars as they consider the domestic sphere as a site of social change.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_upcomingevents/_2013/03_March/_aijen/March_28.html">here.</a></div></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ai-jen-poo-106139 Re-Thinking Soup: Honoring Edna Lewis http://www.wbez.org/re-thinking-soup-honoring-edna-lewis-105295 <p><p>Re-Thinking Soup honors chef and author <strong>Edna Lewis</strong>, (1916-2006) long considered an African American trailblazer in the culinary world. Ms. Lewis co-owned and cooked at Café Nicholson, a restaurant in New York City, renown for its fabulous cuisine and frequented by bohemians and artists throughout the 1940s and 50s. During the mid-twentieth century, female chefs were few and far between and black female chefs were a rarity. And yet Edna Lewis became well known and beloved for her creative, resourceful and delicious Southern cooking, a style that can be traced to her early life on her family&#39;s farm in Freetown, Orange County, Virginia.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chef <strong>Kocoa Scott-Winbush</strong> will read excerpts of Chef Edna&#39;s writings from two of her highly acclaimed cookbooks, <em>The Taste of Country Cooking</em> and <em>In Pursuit of Flavor</em>. Readings will be paired with the violin virtuosity of <strong>Samuel &quot;Savoirfaire&quot; Williams</strong>, a local, classically trained jazz violinist.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Join us for a Lewis soup recipe, dramatic readings and soothing sounds, all to warm your soul on a February afternoon.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information <a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/re-thinking-soup-honoring-edna-lewis-105295 The Global Kitchen: An International Perspective of Women's Unwaged Work http://www.wbez.org/global-kitchen-international-perspective-womens-unwaged-work-103559 <p><p>The Hull-House Museum is honored to host<strong> Selma James</strong>, a visionary thinker and radical activist. The vastness of Ms. James&#39; work connects contemporary movements like the modern SlutWalk and domestic worker labor legislation to decades-long examinations of unions, prisons, welfare, Marxism, and anti-Zionism. Her scope is international, linking struggles in United States to revolutions and resistance in Venezuela, Haiti, and Tanzania. The depth and breadth of Ms. James&#39; reading and conversation will have wide appeal across communities and campaigns. We encourage you to join us for this inspiring conversation.&nbsp;</p><div>This event launches a series of programs connected to the upcoming exhibit, <em>Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics</em>, opening December 10, 2012 at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This event is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Initiative at UIC.&nbsp;Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is a unit of the College of Architecture and the Arts at UIC.</div></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/global-kitchen-international-perspective-womens-unwaged-work-103559 On Blackness Re-imagined: A Performance and Conversation with Krista Franklin and Michael Warr http://www.wbez.org/blackness-re-imagined-performance-and-conversation-krista-franklin-and-michael-warr-99225 <p><p>Krista Franklin and Michael Warr will perform poems from their new collections. Franklin&#39;s <em>Study of Love &amp; Black Body</em> is a small collection of poems that deals with ideas of motherhood, the body, cultural and internal conflict, and identity from a variety of angles. In <em>The Armageddon of Funk</em>, Warr manages to interconnect a world of opposites. Via &quot;poetic memoir&quot; we encounter the morality of Jehovah&#39;s Witnesses, the revolutionary theories and free love of Black Panthers, the promise of a bourgeois future from bank executives, and more.<br /><br />Join us for an evocative evening of performance and conversation.<br /><br /><strong>Krista Franklin</strong> is a poet and visual artist from Dayton, OH, who lives and works in Chicago. Her poetry and mixed medium collages have been published in lifestyle and literary journals such as <em>Coon Bidness</em>, <em>Copper Nickel</em>, <em>RATTLE</em>, <em>Indiana Review</em>, <em>Ecotone</em>, <em>Clam and Callaloo</em>, and in the anthologies <em>Encyclopedia Vol. II, F-K</em> and <em>Gathering Ground</em>. Her visual art has been featured on the covers of award-winning books and exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions. Franklin is a Cave Canem Fellow, a cofounder of 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual. and performance artists, musicians, and scholars, and a teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors, Neighborhood Writing Alliance, and numerous organizations in the city of Chicago.<br /><br /><strong>Michael Warr</strong> was honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for his new book of poetry <em>The Armageddon of Funk</em>. He is also author of <em>We Are All The Black Boy</em>, and an editor of <em>Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago&rsquo;s Guild Complex</em>, all published by Tia Chucha Press. Other literary awards include the Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and the Ragdale Foundation U.S.-Africa Fellowship. A frequent collaborator with musicians and visual and performing artists, Michael&rsquo;s poems have been dramatized on stage, depicted on canvas, and set to original music compositions. His recordings can be found on the CDs <em>A Snake in the Heart: Poems and Music by Chicago Spoken Word Performers</em> and <em>nefasha ayer</em><em>&mdash;</em><em>the space of in between</em> (featuring Meklit Hadero), and at <a href="http://www.poetryspeaks.com/michaelwarr">www.poetryspeaks.com/michaelwarr</a>.</p><p>Reservations required for this event. To reserve seats, <a href="http://go.prairie.org/page.aspx?pid=442&amp;erid=941977&amp;trid=65b5a444-c223-4dc5-b6eb-530d40b1ae59">please follow this link</a>.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 23:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blackness-re-imagined-performance-and-conversation-krista-franklin-and-michael-warr-99225 Identity, Social Justice, and the Polity: Family Values and the Neoliberal Turn http://www.wbez.org/identity-social-justice-and-polity-family-values-and-neoliberal-turn-99288 <p><p>In the 1960s President Lyndon Johnson&rsquo;s Great Society and War on Poverty promised an&nbsp;array of federal programs to assist millions of American families. In the 1980s President&nbsp;Ronald Reagan declared Republicans the party of traditional family values and promised&nbsp;to keep the federal government out of American lives. Again and again historians have&nbsp;sought to explain the nation&#39;s profound political realignment from the 1960s to the 2000s,&nbsp;four decades that witnessed the fracturing of liberalism and the rise of the conservative&nbsp;right. Robert O. Self&#39;s <em>All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy since&nbsp;the 1960s</em> is the first synthetic treatment to recognize that the many separate threads of&nbsp;that realignment&mdash;from civil rights to women&rsquo;s rights, from the antiwar movement to&nbsp;the &ldquo;silent majority,&rdquo; from the abortion wars to gay marriage, from health care to welfare&nbsp;reform&mdash;all ran through the politicized modern American family.</p><div><strong>Robert O. Self</strong> is an associate professor of history at Brown University. His first&nbsp;book, <em>American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland</em>, won numerous&nbsp;awards, including the James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American&nbsp;Historians.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/identity-social-justice-and-polity-family-values-and-neoliberal-turn-99288 Re-Thinking Soup: Conflict Soup: CONGO http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-27/re-thinking-soup-conflict-soup-congo <p><p>Are you Hungry for Peace? Join us for Conflict Soup!<br> <br> Re-Thinking Soup features <strong>Kambale Musavuli</strong>, who will share with us the role of "conflict minerals" in our daily lives, how it is connected to us in America, and what we can do to address the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today, the conflict in the Congo. Kambale Musavuli is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a human rights activist, and student coordinator and national spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo.<br> <br> The event will explore the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. It will also share concrete ways on how you can help bring an end to this conflict.<br> <br> CONFLICT SOUP features a delicious bowl of soup from a country, area, or region that the United States is in conflict with—literally or figuratively, such as Afghanistan, Libya, North Korea, Cuba, or a community closer to home. We will also have conversations about critical socio-political issues like juvenile justice and the continually increasing prison population. During this hour, a speaker will present a concise and engaging history of the conflict and offer alternative and innovative peaceful solutions.</p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:20:38 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-27/re-thinking-soup-conflict-soup-congo